Slip Factors of Centrifugal Slurry Pumps

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K. K. Sheth

Centrilitt-Huges, Claremore, Okla. 74017

G. L. Morrison

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 77843

W. W. Peng

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, California State University, Fresno, Fresno, Calif. 93740

J. Fluids Eng 109(3), 313-318 (Sep 01, 1987) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3242666 History: Received October 09, 1986; Online October 26, 2009


Experiments have been carried out in order to determine the effects on slip factor due to the various parameters affecting the performance characteristics of a centrifugal slurry pump. The experiments were conducted with water, sand slurry, and a glass bead slurry at three different pump speeds. Measurements of power, flow rate, head developed by the pump and the density of the slurry were made in order to obtain the characteristic curves of the pump. Using Euler’s equation, equations were derived for calculating the slip and friction factors of the flow. The deduced slip factors for centrifugal slurry pump can be correlated well with suggested non dimensional groups. It shows a consistent trend of decreasing slip factor with increasing slurry mixture density and impeller rotation, or with a decreasing through flow rate. The sizes of the sand and glass bead particles are significantly different (0.71 mm versus 0.09 mm), however, the data correlations do not suggest its effect on the slip factors significantly as the other parameters. The slip factors deduced from head-flow rate curves are more reliable than those deduced from power-flow rate curves, since the shut-off power measurements are likely subjected to errors associated with the particles settling, or the transient effect if the measurements are taken momentarily.

Copyright © 1987 by ASME
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